Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. One of the greatest privileges of life is the gift of fatherhood. The goodness of God is that fatherhood is not reserved only for those who have natural born children. There are fathers of movements, universities, cities and nations. All good examples of fathers, knowingly or not, point us to our Creator, our Heavenly Father.
I have had many fathers on many levels and today I offer thanks to God for each and every one. I especially want to honor my own sons, Barry, Ben, Brian and Rob. They are, to the man, very good fathers and I am proud of each. My spiritual sons (Sean, Joe, Roger, frankly, too many to mention here, you know who you are) have also been a significant part of shaping my life by drawing me deeper into the blessedness of fatherhood.
I want to first honor my own natural father, James Oliver Williams, who passed when I was but twelve. His life left a powerful impact on my family. I honor my older brothers LaRue and Wayne, who did their best as young men in college, to fill the gap left by my father's loss. I honor my step-fathers Alvin Wood and Gene Drury, were also exceptionally fine men whose mark on my life I still carry. I honor my father-in-law, Jack McCall who has only recently passed became a lifelong part of shaping my own fatherhood. My spiritual fathers, Costa Deir, Russell Linenkhol and Paul Goodwin, passed along more to my life than I could ever recount.
Lastly, I want to thank all the great fathers in this world. You instruct me, provoke me, inspire me and encourage me to reach higher.
To each and all, Happy Father's Day.
All glory and honor to You Blessed God and Heavenly Father!!